We had to learn a few things before we started like we have to carefully choose our words because we only have 140 characters to say what we want to say. We learned that the way to say that you liked something was to "favorite" it by clicking on the star on that tweet. We also learned a few things once the chat started. We learned to introduce our class with the first tweet. We learned that we could answer a question, reply to someone else's answer, or both. We learned how to watch for tweets to us so that we could reply back. We learned that the chat can move quickly and it can be hard to keep up with all the questions and comments. We learned that sometimes when you are having a "side conversation" with someone you can miss a question or two. Mrs. Tharp says that is alright because it is about connecting and communicating with one another, not just answering all the questions - we could do that by ourselves. We learned how to end a chat. Finally we learned that it is a very fun way to connect with lots of students as one time!
We connected with classes in: South Carolina, Ontario, Quebec, Wisconsin, and New York. Students from Austrailia were able to get online and answer the questions the next day. Their teacher, Mr. Sky, put it all together in a story. You can read what we are thinking about the book so far.